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          ADVICE TO RESIDENTS TO KEEP THEIR HOMES SAFE IN THE SUMMER




Please be extra vigilant about your home security as the summer months approach.


During the warm weather there is often an increase in burglaries where the offender has
gained access through an insecure door or window. Several offences take place while the
occupiers are gardening and have left their doors unlocked or they have gone to bed and
have left windows or doors insecure.

Contrary to popular belief the majority of house burglaries don’t occur at night and many
burglars require little or no effort to break into houses. Many burglaries occur because the
front or rear door wasn’t locked and many burglaries occur in the afternoon.

 Don’t help burglars – most are opportunist thieves. Always lock your doors and windows
even if just nipping out to do the school run or to the shops for a paper.




The summer season also marks an increase in theft from sheds and garages. Property stolen
from sheds and garages can also be useful for burglars who use these tools to break into
houses.

Opportunists commit most burglaries, and very often no force is used to gain entry. Offenders
simply enter through an open door or window.

Please be reminded that there are a number of simple measures that you can take to reduce
the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:

•   Always check your front and back doors are secure even if you are in. Burglaries can
     often occur via insecure back doors whilst residents are at home watching television. A
     thief can get through the smallest window and may often try to open a door if it appears
     that there is no one in the premises.
•   Keep your house and car keys out of sight - away from windows and doors
•   Secure your shed and/or garage properly – make sure they are locked.
•   Don't leave tools or ladders lying around – these can assist burglars to break in.


If you have information about crime in your area, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Your call is free.
You do not have to give your name. You may receive a reward.




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